Georges St-Pierre was in typical form Saturday at UFC 158. He successfully defended his welterweight championship against Nick Diaz by way of unanimous decision.
After nearly two years of hype and speculation behind this fight, the two finally met in the Octagon and St-Pierre took care of business as usual.
Here's how the champion's latest title defense went down round-by-round.
St-Pierre took Diaz to the mat almost immediately and went right to work in Diaz' guard. Diaz attempted to sweep but his attempts were denied. He finally created a scramble but St-Pierre spun around and took his back before Diaz could get to his feet.
St-Pierre would control the fight from that position throughout the rest of the round. Diaz occasionally worked up to his hands and knees, but St-Pierre dragged him right back down to the ground.
As many expected, the first round served as an infomercial for GSP's school of grappling.
Diaz fired off a few jabs before St-Pierre once again shot a double leg and dumped the challenger on the mat. Once there, St-Pierre went right to work, landing elbows and punches from the top while Diaz answered with some heel kicks from guard.
Diaz remained active in guard, but St-Pierre shut down any attempts to change position, working his way from half mount, north-south and ultimately taking his back once again.
St-Pierre's ground and pound wasn't overly powerful, but consistent and efficient. Diaz was once again able to work to his hands and feet on occasion but would only be dragged right back down by GSP.
Another round, another dominant grappling performance from the champion.
The third frame started with much more stand up as St-Pierre looked to land a flying switch kick early on and Diaz obliged with some combination. Neither fighter landed anything substantial and St-Pierre took Diaz to the mat after a minute.
Diaz worked to the cage and got the fight to the feet once again. St-Pierre peppered Diaz with jabs and landed an impressive overhand right while Diaz answered with a hook to the body of his own. Overall, St-Pierre got the better end of the exchanges landing the more crisp and powerful punches.
St-Pierre looked to take the fight to the mat, but Diaz stuffed it.
It would prove to be the highlight of the round for the challenger as he worked a few one-two combinations that landed cleanly and staggered the champion a bit.
St-Pierre responded by scoring another takedown and landing some ground and pound to close out the round. Diaz took a swing at St-Pierre well after the round ended.
This was ultimately the most interesting round in the fight, but GSP still did enough to earn the frame.
The first minute of the round mostly consisted of Diaz and St-Pierre sizing one another up. St-Pierre landed a few jabs while Diaz answered with a few of his own.
St-Pierre attempted a few takedowns, but Diaz was able to sprawl and keep the fight standing.
Diaz engaged St-Pierre in the clinch and scored with some heavy knees to the body but eventually disengaged to walk around with his hands at his side. St-Pierre shot for another takedown and was successful.
St-Pierre took the back of the challenger once again and landed shots from the dominant position, but Diaz was able to get the fight to his guard where he attempted a kimura that never really threatened the champion.
The final frame got off to a slow start that was similar to the fourth round as neither fighter was in range to land anything.
St-Pierre closed the distance with a takedown but Diaz stuffed it and the two went to the clinch. The challenger once again landed some decent knees to the body but St-Pierre seemed unfazed. Diaz backed St-Pierre into the cage, but was unable to do much in the position.
The two eventually broke away as they went back to the stand-up game. Diaz attempted a head kick, but GSP blocked it and Diaz fell to the ground. The champion quickly took Diaz' back and once again went to work with his wrestling.
The champion landed more ground and pound but constant activity from Diaz prevented any of it from being too substantial.
Diaz eventually got the fight to the clinch once again and landed some knees, but St-Pierre took the fight to the ground once again finished out the fight with more ground and pound.
All in all, it was the kind of fight that we've come to expect from St-Pierre. Outside of some time in the third round when Diaz landed some impressive punches and knees from the clinch, the champion was in complete control of Diaz to defend his title once again.
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